How you can take control of your travel expense management

Travel is usually one of the largest uncontrolled areas of business spending and thus, it becomes crucial for an organization to take charge of its travel expense costs. While controlling costs are important, it’s also pertinent to identify and encourage intelligent options that streamline processes and improve efficiency and employee satisfaction.

Automation – Have Control At Your Fingertips

Companies keen to control and track travel expenses are turning to automated travel expenses management.

Businesses using automated travel management products benefit in these ways:

  • Monitor and control travel expenses in real-time
  • Increase business productivity
  • Manage business travel policy
  • Enhance audit performance

An automated system can eliminate delays and reduce the reimbursement cycle from weeks to days. A full-fledged system with built-in workflows, travel rules, and policies will automatically check if the travel is valid as per your corporate policy.

Based on the best practices of successful organizations, here are some key steps to standardize and bring a new lease of life to your travel expense management.

Maintain Clear Policies

It’s important to let employees know about the corporate policies. You might make certain expenses acceptable and have others requiring prior approvals. Simple ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ will make the process easy and affordable. Your employees should also be aware of the time period to claim the expenses. Making it easier for them to keep the data error-free are your prerogatives as an official.

Track Traveller Compliance

Create a process within your organization so that senior executives get to access real-time data. This will help them track traveller compliance, figure out pending approvals, and ensure that specific policies are followed by travellers. In short, this will improve the overall rate of policy compliance.

Keep It Organized

It is imperative that you make it possible for the travellers to record an expense as soon as it is incurred. It is very easy to lose receipts while travelling. So, employees should be able to digitally capture every business transaction receipt and upload it to the cloud immediately. The easier it is for employees to capture receipts and manage their expenses, the more compliant they are to promptly send their expense reports.

This ensures accuracy and accelerates claims processes.

Closing thoughts….

An efficient travel expense management software solution equips you to easily identify anomalies and process claims faster and better, leading to cost savings and happy employees.

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About Anjali Desai, COO @Expenzing

Anjali has been in the industry for 20+ years out of which more than 15 years have been with software product companies. She has worked on large national and international projects and has managed team sizes with 100+ members.Anjali is part of the Expenzing team for over 9 years and has been handling Sales since the last 4 years. She has a degree in Engineering and is PMP certified ITIL, 2011 professional. She is a proud mother of two sons, who believes in - parenting being a serious thing and that there is a need to train parents. In her free time, she has started doing some work around this area.

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